Random Tidbits For You

So, I've heard several interesting things lately that I thought deserved some sharing...

"Iris germanica 14" - McKinney, Texas
Green makes you more creative!  According to John Tesh, if you need a creative pick me up then you should look at the color green, specifically greens that are found in nature, better yet, go out in nature and take a walk in the real thing!  There are a ton of studies showing the benefits of spending time in nature, not only increasing creativity, but improving our memory, our mental and physical health, helping with a wide variety of illnesses, and more.  The American Society of Landscape Architecture has a link to articles related to the positive role that nature can play at different stages in life and health.
"Platycodon  grandiflorus 1" - McKinney, Texas
The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show informed me that our technology is making us stupid.  Apparently studies have shown that when we use multiple technological items at the same time, i.e. watching TV while looking things up on our phone and typing on our laptop, our brain begins saving all of the incoming information in the wrong areas of the brain.  Our brain is saving this information in the action area of the brain, which means that when you go to recall the information from the show on the history of the vikings that you were watching while you looked at images of Jessica Laurence's new hairstyle on your phone and typed up a presentation for work on your laptop, your brain is going to have a hard time finding it because it's not in the viking section of your brain, it's in the doing too many things at once section of your brain.  The more you have to work for the information the stronger the mental map of that information is.
"Iris germanica 15" - McKinney, Texas
"Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking.  Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation.  To make matters worse, the prefrontal cortex has a novelty bias, meaning that its attention can easily be hijacked by something new - the proverbial shiny objects we use to entire infants, puppies, and kittens," says Daniel J. Levitin, the author of the article, "Why The Modern World is Bad for Your Brain," which I believe is the one they were discussing on the Kidd Kraddick show.  So let's all just do one thing at a time and do it well, huh?
"Herbs 1" - McKinney, Texas
Brit & Co lead me to an article on Psychological Science, A Journal for the Association of Psychological Science about the advantage to handwritten notes versus typed.  The study found that when students hand wrote their notes they retained more because they were not just copying the information presented.  Most people type faster than they write, therefore those hand writing their notes had to pick and choose the most important parts of the information they were being presented with and paraphrase it.  This paraphrasing, or putting the information in their own words, meant that students recalled more because their brains had to first take in the information and process it, before writing their notes.
"Iris germanica 16" - McKinney, Texas
Another random bit of junk from my brain, courtesy of John Tesh via KLAK. Statistically, Friday is the most dangerous driving day of the week. Wednesday is the second most dangerous, with Monday and Tuesday being the safest. The Guardian also had an interesting article regarding the best and worst days of the week, they agree Friday is not only the most dangerous for driving, but also the least productive!  Be wary of distractions today and less try to be productive at work and safe behind the wheel!

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